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A picture book that shows girls they can have an exciting career and a family too
326 backers pledged $7,933 to help bring this project to life.

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Showing girls everything they can be

When my niece was 4 years old, she asked if she could be both a doctor and a mommy when she grows up, worried that she could only choose one path for her future. Unable to find any age-appropriate books showing working moms, I wrote one for her instead. 

When Mommies Go to Work shows girls they can follow their passions--whether that's flying or farming, teaching or serving--and they can raise families too.

This rhyming, softcover picture book is geared for children up to about 6 years old. It is written with girls and moms as central characters, but kids of any gender identity can draw inspiration from the story. The beautiful watercolor illustrations from artist Alex Langenstein feature characters representing a diversity of races, abilities, and family structures.

When Abby's mommy goes to work, she wears her red galoshes. She visits lakes and rivers, where she splashes and she sloshes. She says, "We all depend on water, whether we are big or small, so I made up a new way to make it clean and safe for all." Abby's mommy is a chemist, a job she loves to do, because she can help our planet and be a mommy too.
When Abby's mommy goes to work, she wears her red galoshes. She visits lakes and rivers, where she splashes and she sloshes. She says, "We all depend on water, whether we are big or small, so I made up a new way to make it clean and safe for all." Abby's mommy is a chemist, a job she loves to do, because she can help our planet and be a mommy too.

What are backers funding?

Your support for this project will enable us to self-publish When Mommies Go to Work, collaborating with a woman-owned self-publishing service, which will ensure high-quality printing and broad distribution to make the book widely available after the Kickstarter campaign. Your support goes toward design, production, and printing costs. At the $24 backer levels, your support also makes it possible for us to offer a discount pricing level so that the cost of the book doesn't prove a barrier for any child or family.

What's the timeline?

The print proof is on its way so that we can finalize and start the order! For larger, U.S.-based rewards (like multiple books and classroom sets), we'll direct ship to you from the printer with the goal of having the books to you in time for the holidays. Single-book orders will likely arrive shortly after the holidays, although we still have our fingers crossed for a quick turnaround from the printer.  

What if I want more than one copy?

Kickstarter only allows you to back a project at one level, so if you want more than one copy of the book, select the $12 backer level and on the next screen, increase your pledge in increments of $12 to match the number of copies you'd like to order.

Risks and challenges

Risks for the project include the possibility that it won't be fully funded as well as the potential for delays in the production and printing process, which could delay delivery of the books. We want to have the book in your hands for the holiday season, and we'll keep you posted as the timeline comes into clearer focus in the next couple of weeks.

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    Buy one book, fund two discount copies!

    Back When Mommies Go to Work at the $24 level, and you'll get one copy of the book and make it possible for us to offer two discount copies to our $6 backers. We want to make this story as widely accessible as we can, and your generous support makes more copies available to families who might not be able to afford the book otherwise.

    Bonus: If more than 30 folks back at the $24 level, we'll be able to make additional discount copies available.

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    Get a copy of When Mommies Go to Work and an 8X10 Giclee print of your favorite illustration from the book! If you'd like to get more than one copy of the book, add $12 for each additional copy you'd like to your pledge price.

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    Classroom set of 10 books and 1 for you

    Want to share When Mommies Go to Work with a teacher, librarian, or organization working with kids? Or do you just want a bunch of copies to share with friends and family? Back at the $120 level, and you'll get 11 copies of the book--10 to share and 1 for you.

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    Seattle area reading and a classroom set

    Back the book at the $250 level, and author Sarah Anderson will give an in-person reading in the Seattle area. Whether it's your kid's birthday party or you have a connection to a local teacher, librarian, or after-school program where we can feature the book, we'll coordinate on the time and location. PLUS get 10 copies of the book to share.

    The books will ship to you as soon as they're ready, and then we'll work together on scheduling a time for a reading.

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    Back at the $500 level, and you'll get an original illustration from the book signed by illustrator Alex Langenstein, plus a copy of the book signed by Alex and author Sarah Anderson.

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    In-person reading and 10-book set

    Back the book at the $1,000 level, and author Sarah Anderson will travel anywhere in the U.S. to give an in-person reading. Whether it's your kid's birthday party or you have a connection to a teacher, librarian, or after-school program in your town where we can feature the book, we'll coordinate on the time and location. PLUS get 10 copies of the book to share.

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